Writer's Journal

Time for Outdoor Writing

This week has been so awesome! Temps in the mid to high 70’s which makes perfect porch time. Unfortunately my house faces west so I get the late afternoon sun shining directly into my office, bedroom and living room. Mornings are best for spending time on my front porch. But, I do have roll down shades which provide relief from the direct sun.

Yesterday I put them down so I could sit on the porch. Once I get my mind together on “what happens next” in the work in progress book, I will be writing outside. When I first moved into this condo, I spent a lot of time on the porch writing. I had a difficult time seeing the screen on the laptop, but now I am writing on my iPad so it provides a much better experience.

I remember when my late husband and I went camping, I had one of those little battery operated machines that had a two or three line display. It was lightweight and very portable. It went everywhere with me! After coming home, I’d upload it to my desktop computer. It was really handy. The interesting part about having such a thing is editing while writing is not feasible. The iPad, using Scrivener as my writing platform, works the same for me. It keeps me in a writing state of mind and editing is pushed aside.

I might spend time today, might being the key word, rethinking the direction of the book. Once I get past the idea that it needs to be modified before moving forward, the rest should come quickly. But I do have plans for the next few days, so the rethinking might wait until next week. Ah, the privilege of being my own boss!

Author's Life

Scrivener for IPad

I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube lately. Since I received my iPad, and uploaded the new app for Scrivener, I wanted to learn more about how other writers use their iPads with the program. I’ve loved using Scrivener for years on my laptop, but having the versatility of using my iPad appealed to me greatly.

In the past, I used Docs to Go on my old iPad. This was more like writing in Word, which was the program I used back then. It worked fine, but I don’t want to go back to using Word for writing. I remember taking the iPad when my hubby had therapy at the VA Clinic. I’d sit in the cafeteria for two hours and just write. I used a bluetooth keyboard. One day a gentleman came to sit at the table and asked me what I was doing. I told him about being an author and working on my book while my hubby was in therapy. Many people were interested in my endeavor. LOL! It was fun to tell them about my published books and I suppose it was a bit of marketing as well.

Once I learned about Scrivener, I became attached to my computer. The iPad was abandoned except for mundane tasks. Eventually, the operating system for the iPad 2 became obsolete and wouldn’t work with most of my apps. I still have it, though. I’m not sure where I learned about the Scrivener app for iPad, but it intrigued me. I knew I’d be happy to write on an iPad again!

I did some research and decided the 9th generation was good enough for what I wanted to do and found a good price on Amazon. It arrived the next day. (Now I need to sell books to pay for it!) I already had a bluetooth keyboard, and I decided to order a mouse to go with it. Why? I find it less distracting to use a mouse than to use my finger on the touchscreen while I’m writing.

And now we circle back to the YouTube world. Did you know you can find almost anything on YouTube? But one must use common sense. I found writers who were using the Scrivener app on their iPads and watched their videos to see how they set it up. Yes, it is different from the Scrivener app for Windows. Everything I need is there, but it is hiding. It’s more streamlined, which is a good thing. I’m so anxious to begin working on plotting my next book or series on the iPad, but it will have to wait until I finish the memoir I’m writing to give to family for Christmas. Since we are having out get together on the 17th, I have to concentrate on finishing!

I don’t know what tools you might use to write (if this is a fellow author reading this), but I’d love to hear from you. If you use Scrivener on your computing device of choice, especially the iPad, please feel free to share your thoughts. Oh, and do you use YouTube to reference “how to” videos?